Also known as: basic sediment and water
Lower BS&W is better. Acceptable levels of BS&W are 1% or lower.
Sediment and water are separated from crude typically by letting the crude rest in a storage tank until the sediment and water settle to the bottom. Water can be pumped out, but sediment usually accumulates in the tank until the tank is taken out of service and cleaned.
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